Thursday, September 02, 2010

Snappy September - Day Two - Brotherly Love
















This one is of my nephews from over three years ago. It's pre our Trinity Gardens SA renovation when the blue couch from 1996 was still around and covered in coffee splotches and the mat beside it had enough spilt wine for the dog to lie on and sniff intently whenever she had a spare moment.

Back to the brothers. Neither of them were aware that I took the picture, with Jack the youngest (and therefore the one underneath, besieged) being more interested in defending himself; and Matthew the oldest doing his best to do what big brothers have been doing since sibling slap fights first started around the camp fire in the Stone Age.

I have my own brothers to thank for my arsenal of sneaky self defence techniques. Having one brother two years older and one two years younger than myself meant that I was frequently required to participate in brother-bashing and the value of a well-timed dead leg, hen peck, type writer, Chinese burn, brandy throw, neck pinch and gut punch are not to be underestimated.

My daughter Sapphire is an only, so her weapons of choice are considerably less violent but no less effective. So far, responding to an eight year old classmate saying 'You're hot' in year three with 'And you're an unsophisticated bonehead' has held her in good stead.

As has, 'Mum, when you get Alzheimers it's not going to be an unpleasant shock for you,' said to me - with an eye roll for added emphasis - just last week.

10 comments:

Pandora Behr said...

All kids get defence mechanisms - it's great. Wonderful action shot.

The Man at the Pub said...

Ah yes. Typewriters, Chinese Burns, Wet Willies, Wedgies and the dreaded Rear Admiral.

My big sister was a complete bitch.

Kath Lockett said...

Sisters are meant to be bitches, Pubman, otherwise they'd never survive their brothers!

Thanks Pandora - I hope their father - my little brother - doesnt mind. Oh, the irony.....

River said...

Geez, Sapph's a cheeky one.

I was a middle child too, until my mum left and took the other two. When they came home, I was back in the middle again. For years after it was a two-against-one war, with the two and the one constantly changing. We never got physical though, mostly teasing and one-upmanship.

R.H. said...

I had Alzheimers for two years, believing every blog was mine.

Deep Kick Girl said...

Ouch! Sapph is turning into a real Oscar Wilde with her deft use of language as a weapon. Good on her... not so nice for you...

Kath Lockett said...

River, it was mostly teasing for us too but sometimes a 'dead leg' was needed to keep the peace :)

Only two years, RH?

I know, Deep Kick Girl - she's eleven now and can already render me speechless, so I'm dreading it when she's fourteen.

Elisabeth said...

Your daughter has her mother's way with words.

The Plastic Mancunian said...

G'Day Kath,

That picture reminds me of my two lads who used to fight like that all the time - I never took a photo though, sadly.

:0)

Cheers

PM

R.H. said...

All my life.